On Friday my friend Anne took me to a happy hour at the diviest dive in the Hudson River Valley. There was a band. It was loud. It was dark. It smelled like a frat house. The back patio—where we hung out because the inside was intolerable—was a fenced-in bit of the parking lot with one warped picnic table, two broken chairs, and a tent with a grill in the corner. During our time there, two people got hit in the head with the door and one person slipped on a puddle of beer on the floor and went all the way down. But: Best happy hour of my life, because: 1. Two-for-one happy hour drinks. Two draft Blue Moons: $4.50. Two gin and tonics: $3.50. One double gin and tonic: $3.50. 2. Free dinner. Veggie or animal burgers macaroni salad and potato salad—the good kind that come in vats. 3. The bartender looked exactly like (and I’m not entirely convinced that he wasn’t) Peter Krause. 4. It gets better. This bar has the best website. The only happy hour I’ve experienced that’s any better is 5 p.m. at my parents’ (it’s free and there’s a porch and also my parents are there).
Traditionally beer has been the everyman drink, but wine is catching up because young people will literally drink wine anywhere anytime. E. & J. Gallo, who own Barefoot (the number 1 wine in the U.S. lol), want to be part of wine’s takeover of the beverage market by making wine the drink you crave even when you’re parched with a line of wines meant to be served over ice. HAHAHA that already exists it’s called chardonnay.
Not anymore! But at one time, maybe! Stan Fedun explains why alcoholism is so rampant in Russia (1 in 5 Russian men die from alcohol related illnesses): “Stalin used vodka sales to help pay for the socialist industrialization of the Soviet Union. By the 1970s, receipts from alcohol again constituted a third of government revenues.”